Is Living a Minimalist Lifestyle Hard To Do?
There a number of ways to look at and answer this question.
If you think that a minimalist lifestyle will be hard then I suppose it will be.
If you embrace it and commit to it then it will be easier to achieve.
That all being said minimalist living can be tricky at times. The holiday season may test some of us. I consider myself a minimalist but I wonder at times if I am a hypocrite.
I get caught up in the consumer hype of spending and buying. I feel somewhat obligated to buy things for others to show them that I appreciate them. A bit ridiculous for sure.
The other thing I struggle with in a big way in my form of minimalist living is trying to not feel like a failure for what I have accomplished thus far in my life and for how much money I make.
I make enough to pay my bills and contribute nicely for my retirement. But when around my girlfriend’s circle of friends I feel very inadequate. They all make very, very good money and are successful. They have successful businesses and some have won awards. They like to go out and eat at nice restaurants and travel and that is fine . It is just a bit hard to not feel inadequate. Don’t get me wrong. They are very nice people.
Last night the men were taking about looking at 200.00$ dress shirts. Ha. All my shirts together might not equal 200.00$. So I don’t have a lot to contribute to the conversation.
And I hate that inevitable question of, “So what do you do?”. Well I work in a factory and really am a replaceable drone. I make a lot less than a new college graduate. About 35000.00$ a year. Most people would wonder how someone can live on that much money. Minimalist living is how. And it is something I believe in.
So if you are choosing to live a minimalist lifestyle be prepared that these issues may rear their ugly heads at times. I mean we are all human and have emotions.
I wish I didn’t have these feelings of inadequacies. I would love to just embrace minimalist living to its
fullest and not give a goddamn about money and spending and how much anyone else makes. But I kind of do at times. I am the least successful of all the people I went to school with. Not a very comforting thought. They all have houses. I certainly am not fortunate enough to be in that situation.
It would be nice to have a small, easy to maintain place of my own, but I do not make enough money to even qualify for a place of my own. This is even though I have no consumer debt. Anyway I digress.
So again I feel a bit lacking.
Minimalist living can be tricky at times. That is the truth for a lot of us.
Just remember to breathe and try to compare yourself to you. Do your best. Be true to yourself.
I need to take some of my own advice. One day at a time I guess.
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